Cardinals continue to cruise at Rocori

Alexandria's Harrison Greathouse runs at a home triangular on Sept. 17. Greathouse helped the Cardinals to a win at Rocori on Thursday by finishing eighth overall in a time of 18:45. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Another day, another couple wins for the Alexandria cross country teams.

The Cardinals have racked up a bunch of those this season, and they were at Rocori on Thursday where the boys beat the Spartans with 21 points and the girls won with 19 points.

“Our boys’ varsity and junior varsity raced well,” Alexandria head coach Travis Hochhalter said. “So fun to watch Jacob Kleven and Joel Brault lead the boys and have great races. The junior varsity boys runners gave a great effort and improved their season. It was fun to see many of the runners capturing their goals and have a great race two weeks in a row.”

Kleven has led Alexandria every meet this year, and he was at it again on Thursday with a win in 17 minutes. Brault was third in a time of 17:44, while Bennett Wirth was fourth (17:59) and Cameron Hochsprung was fifth (18:10) to give the Cardinals four scorers in the top five. Harrison Greathouse was not far behind either in eighth place in 18:45.

With just two teams competing, the varsity race featured more runners from each program. Cameron Simon (10th, 19:27), Payton Gessford (11th, 19:33); Luke Panther (14th, 19:52), Hayden Peterson (15th, 19:53), Nathan Klimek (19th, 20:06) and Thomas Wilmesmeier (20th, 20:45) finished off Alexandria’s lineup.


Aleah Miller continues to pace the girls’ lineup as she won again with a time of 19:14.

“The girls believed in themselves and pushed through with tough races in a race with many turns,” Hochhalter said.

Taelor Dummer has been a consistent top finisher all year too, and she took second in a time of 19:39. Jaelyn Miller was third in 19:46 and Emma Ecker (sixth, 20:30) and Giselle Jahner (seventh, 20:33) rounded out the scoring.

Mataya Hoelscher was next in line with an eighth-place finish in 20:36. Brynn Kosters (ninth, 20:55), Emma Hochhalter (14th, 22:21), Brynn Cross (16th, 22:34); Amanda Bergerson (19th, 23:00), Grace Panther (20th, 23:18) and Elena Fuglestad (22nd, 24:37) also ran varsity.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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